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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BrewerB
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A large, 3-4 finger head formed atop the mostly clear, medium gold brew but settled down to about half that size and retained well throughout the session. Attractive lacing leaves its marks along the sides of the glass. Intense pineapple and orange rind mixes with grassy hops. Touch of sweet behind this. Alcohol is present in the nose but well-masked and acceptable for the style. Flavor is heavy on the fruity/tropical hops with pineapple, orange and a slight herbal note. Malt is clean and in good support. Bitterness is high, lingering on into the moderately dry finish. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A dangerously drinkable double IPA that's loaded up with tons of fruity/herbal goodness and a solid malt backbone to help shoulder the weight of this big hop bomb.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out with golden, pale color and a one-finger, frothy head. Great clarity and lacing makes up for a pretty weak amount of retention and carbonation.

S - Sprucy hops at the front with citrusy, grapefruit-like scents pinch-hitting every few at-bats. Very thin layer of sweetness with a hint of a sort of strawberry, but let's face it, the hops overwhelm that.

T - Hard-hitting hops and a really fantastic underbody of pink grapefruit. Nice mixture of spruce and fruit gives a surprisingly sweet flavor as it rests on the tongue. Harsh bitterness as it crosses the back of the tongue is something I'm surprisingly okay with.

M - Nice, medium body with a really slick nature that just slides down the tongue. Alcohol is hidden well, making for a really dangerous beer if you forget just how strong it really is. Fantastic, honestly.

Overall/notes - Definitely an excellent beer. As an IIPA, it's surprisingly easy to drink. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I'm happy that Firestone Walker has shown up in Missouri. Went really well with a garlic-butter braised chicken breast. Seriously.. I don't try to pair food with beer that often, but I'm doing this combo again soon.

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Photo of ebrauser
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with one finger of a pure white head that left soap-like lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fresh clean hops giving off pine with just a hint of citrus (lemons and tangerines) alongside a very small, smokey malt.

Flavor: A refreshing, sweet nectar. Hop flavors are subdued by honey malts and rosemary, perfectly balancing each other. Malt support is just subtle enough to allow the piney hops to star in the show. This is a goldilocks beer: not too much of one thing and not too little of another.

MF: The body doesn't match the ABV, making it extremely easy to drink. A little coating after the finish along with lingering semi-sweetness prevents this beer from being forgotten.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped "Bottled 2/10/11"

Firestone coming to MA is a great thing and being able to grab a bottle of this is part of the joy.

Pours with a nice creamy off white head that decides to hang around for a bit. The beer is a very bright gold color with just a touch of copper. Slight visible carbonation and lots of lacing.

Aroma is fantastic. Not only some grapefruit, but deeper and more complex citrus aromas. Also a note of balance and toasted hops.

Ok, this is a great DPA. Not overly hop focused, but certainly packs a punch. Hop punch, followed by nice fruit and a toasted malt flavor. Some herbal notes and a touch more pine in the flavor vs. aroma. Has that great toasted malt flavor that I love in DPA's. Reminds me of Pliney in some way that I can't describe.

Slightly oily in the mouth with a lively bright/fresh feel.

Just a wonderful DPA... The balance is fantastic. Welcome to MA Firestone. Please stay a while!!

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Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber orange in color with a massive 2 finger creamy beige head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing.

Smells of huge hops with tons of fruit including grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, lime, pineapple, as well as the citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, toasted grains, sweet malt, caramel, grass and spices; a real fruity nose that's hoppy and has a nice potent sweetness to it and hides the alcohol well.

Tastes sweet and hoppy, with a hop blast up front including citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, lime, pineapple, piney hops or pine cone, toasted grains, caramel, grass or hay, wet bread, brown sugar and spices like pepper or coriander that trail off bitter, but not overly bitter. This is so hoppy it tastes like fresh hops were added, and yet there seems to be enough malts in the mix to provide balance. This is everything a DIPA should be, with tons of juicy hop flavor and a nice shock to the palate as the hop spices sting the tongue is a positive way.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and oily, with a medium body, mild carbonation and a nice hoppy spice pucker that is bitter, but not offensive. It's aggressive and the alcohol is present, but the taste is so good that it was hard to stop drinking this; as it warmed, more flavors came out and made this even more complex and worthy of a beer to sip and savor. A great beer that I very much enjoyed and recommend trying. Not a session beer, but one that I could drink on a monthly basis - it was that good.

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Photo of kitty66
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above-average ale, hoping for a blast of hops but met with just a hint of the flower.

Taste is dominated by caramel, fruit (apricot & navel orange), and candy, slightly under-balanced by hops and malt.

With another hop addition would be a serious contender.

Until then enjoy as an outstanding american ale, thanks again to our california friends.

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Photo of socon67
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to get a bottle of this;

A - Orange with a cream foam. Lively carbonation. Looks particularly nice.

S - Scents of grapefruit and orange. There is some hoppiness as well. Not the best for a DIPA, but generally good.

T - Taste is much better. An extremely citrusy sweet beer with much better blending on the bitterness than some in this category. You don't quite get the hop-bomb effect, which is a good change of pace.

M - About as good as it gets when you factor that this beer is so easy to drink, doesn't overwhelm your taste buds, and pairs excellent with food.

O - Right in the conversation with the top DIPA's. Maybe not the best, but costs less and is less intense than many.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours clear orange. Thick bone-white head is comprised of tiny bubbles. Good retention, sticky lacing.

S: Sweet mandarin orange, mango, juicy peach, apricot. Maybe some melon. Lots of fresh, vibrant tropical fruit scents. Only the faintest whiff of a sweet malt base. Very good.

T: Moderate bitterness up front. Pine resin and some hop oils. Mandarin orange and some tropical fruit flavors from the nose are all there. Sweet malt base with a touch of caramel pokes through. Mild spiciness from the alcohol is reminiscent of lemon pepper. Finishes semi-dry with citrus rind bitterness and some apricot/peach.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Somewhat creamy. Very enjoyable.

O: A very good DIPA, and definitely up there with the best in the style.

Notes: This is just the sort of DIPA I like. A great balance of bitterness and tropical fruit flavors. Very easy to drink annd pleasing on the palate. Bitterness may not satisfy the rabid hop head though.

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Photo of ineva
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 8 ounce goblet

A:Not what i expected but my pupils were fixated on the deceptive gold coin like itch. Pure white one finger head that dissipated quickly recorded a filming presence.

S:Citrusy, apricot, orange peel, candy malt, inviting soft hop aroma.

T:Malted easy chair like sway with the Hop bitterness trying to break free at the end. Sweet liquid gold.

M:Jimmy Page like solo that hits all the right notes consistently without fizzle.

O:Nailed it like a double jack hammer ;).

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Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear orange with a moderately sized white head.
the aroma has got a great leafy green hop character. it's resinous and herbal with a substantial dose of grapefruit also. i pick up a hint of a malt profile, with some nice light caramelized notes.
the taste has got some great hop flavors floating around. a really nice sweet citrus dominates, tangerine as far as i can tell, but there are some other tropical fruits as well. there are some piney flavors to be found too, and some asprin-y qualities as well. there is a hefty undercurrent of bitterness as well, enough to linger long after you've swallowed. as in the aroma, the there is a little bit of a caramel malt profile to hold on to and ground some of the hoppiness, just enough really.
the body is just a touch fuller than medium, and the carbonation lend a very pleasant texture.
overall, this beer is toward the top end of the vast double IPA category. it's thoughtfully put together and while beefy mainatains a refreshing quality. excellent beer and a pretty good value as well.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Moderately heavy carbonation with some good lacing.

N: Huge citrus in the nose along with pine, pineapple and candied caramel.

T: Pine, Valencia orange, lemon, pineapple, Clementine and hints of rye and honey balanced with a sweet candied caramel backbone.

M: Full bodied, well balanced and slightly sticky.

O: Fantastic! Easy drinking, extremely balanced, tasty, juicy and delicious!

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Photo of Retsinis
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at instant replay.

Poured from the tap into a Duvel green tulip glass.

A: pours a clear copper color with a healthy two inches of foamy white colored head. Generous lacing. Head faded slowly, but eventually settled into a ring of bubbles.

S: pine hops. Caramel, sweet malt.

T: Floral hops, pine, sweet caramel malt, grapefrut.

Mouthfeel is medium body , good carbonation, a bit oily, with a semi sweet, slightly dry finish.

Overall, the alcohol is a creeper, it is we'll hidden. A nice refreshing supper on a hot day.

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Photo of JayQue
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is great!! Most bitter IPA I have had since Devil Dancer!!! Pours a light copper/dark burnished gold color with a big white head. Head retreats to medium size but the retention is good at that point. Lacing is ladder like with thick bands.

Smell is potent and good. Mostly citrus and piney hops. Taste is great too. Blasts of mostly citrus but some piney hops. Not much balance experienced (or needed).

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. A hop-heads dream.

Overall this is a top-shelf DIPA experience

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first try for this brewery. Pours a nice golden orange, with a thin head. Very nice lacing. Smell is great! Super Juicy. Great smells of pineapple, grapefruit, oranges. Taste is has great crisp bite, of hop and more juicy grapefruit. Nice tiny hit of bitter that keeps this a good thirst quencher. Very impressed at how well the alchohol is hidden. Maybe the best DIPA i have had as far as hiding the booze and making this a great drinker.
Go and get a bottle of this!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep orange, mild tan hue body, 1 finger head, delightful lacing

S: big citrus and earth/pine aroma, mild grass (wish the nose was a tad stronger)

T: sweet pineapple front, grassy/earthy middle, long slow bitter finish

M: med/heavy, fine sticky feel, smooth

O: Excellent Double IPA for the price, $8 a bomber!
Glad I gave this brewery a try,
not my #1 favorite DIPA, but still quite good.


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Photo of Duhast500
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 650ml. bottle into a over-sized wine glass.

The color is a somewhat clear, deep orange with two finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a very airy citrus hop aroma that reminds me a little of Pliny. There is a grassy aroma also coming up to meet my nose as well and that brings some malty sweetness with it as well.

The taste pops out and is creamy and sugary at first. The second sip has a big earthy taste to it with some bitterness wrapped in some citrus flavor. I am reminded of spree candy and how sweet they seem to be but are also a little bitter as well.

This beer really gives you some thing to talk about. The feel is slightly heavy but has a good amount of carbonation to wash away some bitterness and make light of the amount of alcohol in this beer. It seems to cushion the feel of this beer as it goes down so it feels smooth and not too big. IT has a pleasant bitterness and not a slam that rocks you off your foundation. One of the more well craft beers I have had. This beer has it in spades.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized stemmed ale glass.

A- A clear golden with orange hue. A good bubbly head. The clearest IIPA i've ever seen. Decent lacing.

S- Wow, a blast of fresh sweet ripe pineapple. Soft caramel underneath. Like a tropical farmers market on a summer day.

T- Very similar to taste. Lots of ripe pineapple. A very solid caramel backbone. Hops give some bitterness that lingers. Some spice in finish. Becomes sweeter as warms.

M- Medium- big, Drying, slightly chewy. A slight resin and tingle on tongue. I would want it to be a bit more crisp.

O/D- No alc. A very good IIPA. Smell was great, taste was solid, just a little to much cloying caramel and sweetness for me. It was more on the balanced side.

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Photo of thatsfine
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber. Bottle date of 2/10/11 so still plenty fresh. Have seen this on the shelf for a while, even had it on tap a couple times but now its time for a formal review.

A: Pours a dark orange, copper hue and a one inch head that retains quite well leaving thick oily bubbles and nice lacing on the glass.

S: As soon as I cracked the bottle I smelled intense hop aromas from two feet away. Closer examination brings fruity hops to the nose and some sweeter sharp hops as the beer warms. There is definitely a malt backbone present here as well.

T: It's hard to find a better taste than this. Fruity hops, sweet hops and malts, and somehow a balance between the two. Just the slightest bitter finish, which is perfect. The only two better DIPA's I have had are Pliny and Hopslam. I didn't review Hopslam because it was a surprise that I even got it on tap and I drank it too fast to remember. This stacks up with the best of the best.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and leaves a nice coating over the tongue, which is nice because I can keep the taste in my mouth even after it is empty.

O: Kudos to FW for distributing this. I am glad that it is available in most of FW's markets so people can get their hands on this. The unique aspect of this West Coast DIPA is that it is not strictly focused on hops. The malts of the beer are just as important, which shows the British influence of this brewery. A very nice interpretation. If you see it, buy it. This was a month and a half old and still outstanding. On tap it is even better. Drinks like a regular IPA.

There has been some comparison recently between this and other DIPA's and I gave my opinion above (because my opinion matters so much). IMHO, a better comparison is its little brother, Union Jack, but on steroids and with more balance. Really an amazing brew.

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Photo of bort11
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Karmeliet tulip glass. A thick foamy white head stands a little more than two fingers. Pretty thick strands of lace surround the glass. Body color is clear, dark reddish orange. This is a beautiful beer to look at.

Smell of fresh, piney hops are apparent from the first pour. As it settles the smell becomes a sweet, red grapefruit juice. There are little sharp notes of grapefruit zest and pine needles around the edges. The taste is a hop bomb in every way. Fresh citrus notes bounce around from grapefruit to tangerine. There is a sweet floral honeysuckle note. Malts have a dry sweetness to keep the hops bitterness in balance.

Mouthfeel is a full medium body with a mild stickiness. This drinks a little too well, the 9.5% ABV is not noticeable at all. It is so tasty it can be difficult to slow down. I will admit that it snuck up on me towards the end of the bottle.

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Photo of jar2574
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking head and lacing. Clear orange/yellow color. Slightly below average carbonation.

Smells really hoppy. Pine trees and a lot of fruit and some spring flowers.

Tastes really good. There is some malty sweetness to balance the aggressive hops in the body, then a little sweetness, then a slight dryness and bitterness in the aftertaste. I think that's likely caused by a combination of the alcohol and the hops.

Extremely, extremely drinkable for the ABV. The malts cover up the alcohol. Watch out! You can down it like a normal IPA.

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Photo of mkuderka
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Usually I have a double/imperial IPA and I am loving it on my first experience and by my second or third I am much less enamored. But this brand from Firestone Walker is just one beautiful beer that seems to hold up batch after batch.

Color: Visually appealing with a nice golden orange color.

Aroma: Dominated by tropical citrus and pine.
Taste: Hops hit right away (in a good way) and like the aroma, the flavors are those of sweet tropical fruit, pine, and light citrus. The caramel and pale malt sweetness sits in the middle of the experience and slowly fades to the end. Hop bitterness blends back in with malt and finish strong.

O - This DIPA was made for me. It is big, not overwhelming and surprisingly smooth. The hop presence is exactly what I wanted.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a slightly creamy looking texture and a nice 1 inch white head. Color is golden with a slight copper hue (i'm sure there is an actual name for this color but I am blanking). Very clean looking beer.

A whole lot of pine in the nose, floral hops obviously there, but I come away with pine more than the citrus from the hops. As far as DIPAs go, this isn't an intensely floral one, but it certainly isn't muted.

Taste is lots of pine and grapefruit upfront, and a nice bitter finish (though not stringently so, as I thought Hoptimum was). While I wouldn't call it balanced per se, I wouldn't classify it as a hop bomb of a DIPA either. Just hits all the right notes for a big DIPA (for me anyway) without going nuts. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, and just as it looked, slightly creamy. Very easy to drink... bittnerness is not overwhelming to me, which goes a long way in making me feel like I would drink more than one.

Overall a really great example of the style. If I were to try to put it in relative terms with other "big" DIPAs, its kind of a slightly toned down PtE or Pure Hoppiness in terms of the intensity of the hop presense while still feeling very much like a west coast style DIPA. A beer I certainly will go back to if I can get my hands on it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks for this want, Chris! Having spent about 10 days on a truck in College Park, MD, I wasn't about to let it sit around in my fridge. Shared with a couple of friends with dinner tonight.

A clear amber, bright and crystal clear, with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and average lacing. The nose is much better than I was expecting. Very hoppy with a blend of bright and candied citrus, there's orange, tropical fruit, candied orange and pineapple, all present. There's a definite malt backbone present, with some caramel, but the nose is dominated by the hops. The palate opens with an explosion of hop flavor, again it's candied oranges as well as fresh citrus and some tropical fruit. The malt is much more assertive on the palate, with a moderate caramel presence, along with some honey. The hop character is rather juicy, making this really enjoyable. Bitterness is moderate, rather surprisingly so for a DIPA this big. Mildly sweet on the finish with plenty of juicy hop flavor, this is excellent stuff. The mouthfeel is particularly excellent - soft and creamy on the palate, accentuating the hop flavor, this aspect was the best part of the beer IMO. While I'd pick the Union Jack over this more often than not, this is something I'd love to drink again, and fresh.

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Photo of chazmatz
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was new at my local liquor store. I poured it into a curved pint glass from the Omegang brewery.

Appearance - The beer was a deep golden color, with a full head that caressed the sides of the glass.

Aroma - One of strong floral and hop notes. It was a sweet, hoppy nose mixed with honeysuckle. A bit of resin and grapefruit mixed well.

Taste:The power of this beer is evident in each part of the sip. It goes down with a strong bitter hoppiness that reminds me of chewing an Amarillo hop picked straight from the vine. the oils seemed to have been retained, and it blew up in my mouth as a sweet and fruity explosion. Very nice. It finsihed well, too. A little goes a long way with this beer. It's satisfying. Each and every sip.

Mouthfeel - Pleasantly sparkling, it feels dense and smooth, with a bit of thickness to it.

Overall - I loved this beer. It took me two nights to drink, and this double feature packed a wallop on my expectations of a double IPA. I think it's right up there with Maharaja.

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Photo of MrTopher
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A: Bright in color, almost in between straw and gold, just very vibrant and appealing, also very clear no haze at all. There is a small head that forms just not over whelming, delicate lacing on the sides of the glass, all the way to the bottom.

S: Citrus hops, with the addition of some mango and tangerine in the background. And a light hint of pine resin also. The malt in this beer isn't present in the smell.

T: This beer progresses as it goes across the pallet, this isn't a smack in the face kind of DIPA like others west coast beers, this is more of a ballet between the hops and the malt. There is citrus hops (orange, tangerine, and some mango) also there is pine resin taste to this beer that just makes it pop. There is a decent about of caramel malt flavor in this beer, but it doesn't dominate or take away, it just adds.

M: Super smooth, not harsh at all. There is a prefect balance of hops and malt that make this an easy drink. The carbonation is perfect and makes it very enjoyable.

O: I think I found the beer that kills PtE and a lot of other good DIPAs, this is hands down one of the best crafted DIPAs on the market.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,549 ratings.
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